The Cortlandville Town board has received a draft copy of a proposed wind ordinance for the town, the regulations spell out the rules for residential and industrial wind towers.
After several months of review and two extensions of a temporary wind tower ban, Cortlandville is moving closer to adopting regulations for wind turbines.
The law as proposed requires the developers of all wind towers to receive a special permit from the Town Board.
Commercial wind towers would be limited to a height of 500 feet, the setbacks for industrial towers would be over 13 hundred feet for all off site homes and structures. The industrial towers must be 12 hundred feet from an onsite homes.
For residential turbines, the proposed setback is 1 and half the times of the tower height.
Cortlandville supervisor Dick Tupper says the regulations are intended to strike a balance between energy development and business interest, while also protecting residents interests.
The towers are subject to the state environmental quality review process, the developer must demonstrate that the towers will not interfere with any communication equipment, which includes emergency communications, cell towers and residential TV antennas.
Noise from the towers cannot exceed 40 decibels when measured from the nearest residential structure.
Cortlandville Board member Ron Rocco, who has been a vocal critic of the proposed industrial wind farm that is looking to locate in four towns including Cortlandville says he is concerned with some aspects of the proposed regulations, he feels they should be more restrictive. Rocco urged residents to make their opinions of the new rules known.
The developers must demonstrate the visual impact of the towers, and must show the shadow or flicker effect from the towers.
The draft ordnance now heads to the Town and County Planning Boards for review and comment. The town expects to extend the current wind tower ban for another six months to allow time for comments and review.